I'm giving Harry the week off and instead sharing today an unpublished photo of the other Houdini -- Bessie. What I love about this shot is it appears to be Bess in the backyard of 278 (judging by the windows behind her). That makes this, incredibly, the only photo of Bess at the Houdinis Harlem home that I've ever seen. Of course, photos of Houdini at 278 are also pretty uncommon.
"Seated in a large arm chair in library and hearing Mrs. Houdini call up: 'Young man your lunch is ready.'"
- From an interview with HOUDINIwhen asked for his idea of comfort.
Speaking of Bess at home, recently I was able to nail down all four homes that Bess and Ed Saint occupied in Los Angeles during the 1930s, a few of which still stand. Watch for a post about that soon.
Next week we'll visit "Harry at work."